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Jack Wilson announces retirement from baseball

Infielder Jack Wilson has announced his retirement from baseball.

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Infielder Jack Wilson announced his retirement from baseball Tuesday, reports Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

"My wife Julie and our kids and I made that decision together, that this season was going to be my last," Wilson told the Tribune-Review. "We’re retiring officially, right after the Braves win the World Series."

Wilson spent part of the 2012 season as a member of the Atlanta Braves. The 34-year-old signed with the Braves in January but was released by the club in August after hitting .169/.189/.211 with two extra-base hits in 71 at-bats.

Wilson was selected in the ninth round of the 1998 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. In July of 2000 he was traded to the Pirates in exchange for left-hander Jason Christiansen.

Wilson went on to spend nine seasons with Pittsburgh, hitting .269/.311/.376 while being the club’s primary shortstop. His best season came in 2004 when he hit .308/.335/.459 with 41 doubles, 12 triples and 11 home runs.